Aus unseren Neuerwerbungen – Anglistik 2021.8

Beowulf in con­tem­po­rary cul­ture
BuchcoverThis col­lec­tion explores Beowulf’s exten­sive impact on con­tem­po­rary cul­ture across a wide range of forms. The last 15 years have seen an inten­si­fi­ca­tion of schol­ar­ly inter­est in medieval­ism and reimag­in­ings of the Mid­dle Ages. How­ev­er, in spite of the grow­ing promi­nence of medieval­ism both in aca­d­e­m­ic dis­course and pop­u­lar culture—and in spite of the posi­tion Beowulf itself holds in both areas—no study such as this has yet been under­tak­en. Beowulf in Con­tem­po­rary Cul­ture there­fore makes a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion both to ear­ly medieval stud­ies and to our under­stand­ing of Beowulf’s con­tin­u­ing cul­tur­al impact. It should inspire fur­ther research into this top­ic and medieval­ist respons­es to oth­er aspects of ear­ly medieval cul­ture. Top­ics cov­ered here range from film and tele­vi­sion to video games, graph­ic nov­els, children’s lit­er­a­ture, trans­la­tions, and ver­sions, along with orig­i­nal respons­es pub­lished here for the first time. The col­lec­tion not only pro­vides an overview of the posi­tions Beowulf holds in the con­tem­po­rary imag­i­na­tion, but also demon­strates the range of avenues yet to be explored, or even ful­ly acknowl­edged, in the study of medieval­ism.
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Train­ing for cat­a­stro­phe: fic­tions of nation­al secu­ri­ty after 9/11
BuchcoverA time­ly, polit­i­cal­ly savvy exam­i­na­tion of how impos­si­ble dis­as­ters shape the very real pos­si­bil­i­ties of our world
Why would the nor­mal­ly but­toned-down nation­al secu­ri­ty state imag­ine lurid future sce­nar­ios like a zom­bie apoc­a­lypse? In Train­ing for Cat­a­stro­phe, author Lind­say Thomas shows how our secu­ri­ty regime reimag­ines plau­si­bil­i­ty to focus on unlike­ly and even unre­al events rather than prob­a­ble ones. A major state­ment on how nation­al secu­ri­ty intrudes into ques­tions of art and life, Train­ing for Cat­a­stro­phe is a time­ly inter­ven­tion into how we con­front dis­as­ters.
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